The United States will increase military presence in Lithuania during military exercises of Belarus and Russia

США увеличат военное присутствие в Литве во время учений Беларуси и РФ

The President Of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite

The mission of the air patrol during the exercise Zapad-2017 will double.

The United States will increase military presence in Lithuania during Russian-Belarusian military exercises Zapad-2017. On Monday, July 31, said the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, informs Deutsche Welle.

“Here (in Lithuania – ed.) during the exercise Zapad-2017 will be increased military presence, doubled the mission of the air patrol, and will also be more us military equipment, ships,” she said.

Note that the Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence on the same day, said that his country is considering placing in Estonian air defense systems Patriot.

As reported, the holding of large-scale military exercises Zapad-2017 is scheduled for September of this year. The commander of us forces in Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has previously expressed concern that these exercises could be a “Trojan horse” through which Russia will leave the country imported military equipment.

Currently, an air mission of NATO in the Baltic States has four fighters stationed in Lithuania, four in Estonia. In the early fall at a base in Lithuania, the us military get deployed eight fighter jets.

In Georgia began exercises involving NATO and Ukraine